Issue 20 - 10 June 2019

From the Headmaster 

Dear Parents, 

The highlight of the week was the children from P3 through to P8 travelling to Surrey for a well deserved day of fun on the rides and attractions of Chessington World of Adventure. From what the children have told us it was a wonderful day - they certainly had fine weather and there were many exciting stories told on their return. My thanks go to Mr Wood for organising the day. 

On Thursday afternoon, the school celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with the parents painting the children with traditional Henna designs. The children were also treated to several traditional Eid celebration foods. It was a hugely successful afternoon and I cannot thank Mrs Ansari enough for making this such a memorable event. Yet again the parents have come up trumps.

On Friday,  we held our now famous ‘Big Breakfast’. It was well supported not only by the children and parents but also by the large team of teachers who come in very early to cook and set up the breakfast. These events go a long way to raise funds for our charities and it takes the whole community to make this a success. Thank you.

Following breakfast, we were treated to a French assembly on Friday where Madame Mitchell led us through the numerous joys of French cuisine and culture. It was a fun assembly culminating in a song by P6M with Miss Berry ably accompanying them. It certainly was an informative morning.

On Sunday, the various film addicts amongst us came to the Eyden room to watch ‘Smallfoot’. The Friends of QHS go that extra mile in hosting fun fundraising events for the children and although I did not get the opportunity to go, by all accounts it was a very successful afternoon. I want to thank the parents who made this possible.

Our inaugural Parents’ Forum meeting takes place at 7.30pm in the dining room tonight (Monday 10 June). I look forward to welcoming the parents and their representatives. 

There are a number of events during the evenings over the next few weeks and as a result, the staff will be very busy with parents’ evenings and reports. Can I please ask parents not to make appointments to see staff outside the allotted parents evening. I have asked the staff to focus on their teaching and their preparation for the end of term. May I remind parents that it is the Prep school sports day on Friday which is being held at Merchant Taylors’ again this year. Please see below for more information about the day.

Charity Breakfast

We managed to raise a wonderful amount of £455 at our Charity Big Breakfast last Friday.  Thank you to all the children and parents who came along to attend, but particular thanks to my colleagues who started cooking and preparing at about 6:00am for what was a great event.  Many of us didn’t need much lunch after that!

We will have a final total to announce next week but, at £60 per toilet, during this term we should have been able to fund a good number of hygienic latrines around the developing world.

Musical Summer Workshop

To make sure that everyone has seen this:

Miss Shah will be running two musical workshop weeks during the long QHS summer holiday.  Rather than musical summer workshoppublishing all the details, I have included her poster here…  Please get in touch with Miss Shah directly for more information and to book places . 

Art Competition 2019

Children – Please don’t forget that the Inter-House Art Competition closes this coming Friday – 14 June.  Adults – remind your children to get their works of art into school (to Mrs Durg) by then!  Staff – please get your entries in too!  All of the winning work should be on display at the end of term Art Exhibition (see below).

International Flag Day 2019

Mrs Sweeney writes:

To acknowledge 'Flag Day' and as a way of celebrating the wide range of countries our school represents, we are inviting all children from Nursery to P8 to dress in the colours of a flag on Thursday 13 June. They may choose the flag of the country of their heritage or any flag they wish! Quainton Hall will become awash with colour as we look at flags from all around the world. Thank you for all your support.

(Incorporating Bottle Tombola and Summer Fair Gifts)
In return for this opportunity to wear their own clothes, we are asking the children from PP1 to P8 to bring in a bottle to be used on our Bottle Tombola at the Summer Fair on Saturday 22 June.  These bottles should be of the type that someone would be pleased to win as a prize in a tombola – wine, spirits or beer are fine, but good quality soft drinks are perfectly acceptable.  Bottles must be full and un-opened, of course!

We are asking children in PPR to contribute particular items for their ‘Hook a Duck’ stall at the Fair.  Miss Agius asks for donations of small toys or stationery such as stickers, spinning tops, key rings, bouncy balls or Slinkys.

Eid Celebration

Mrs Ansari and her team of Mums and Dads were able to provide a super celebration on Thursday for a largeeid celebration number of QHS families and children to celebrate Eid.  A few photos will be appearing on the QHS website in due course, but for now, Thank you so much to those who organised this new event. 

The month of Ramadan ends during half-term next year, but perhaps we can organise something for early June 2020 after we return from our break?

Out of School Cricket Success

Over the half-term break, Ameya B successfully captained a team that achieved top scores and managed to win a gold medal in the Under 11 category at the MCC. Ameya took two wickets and scored two sixes contributing to his team’s final tally. cricket success

Any family with news of this kind is invited to share it with the QHS community – we are always pleased to share the celebration!

Chapel Choir

Podcast uploads are now complete from our recent service at the London Charterhouse.
Why not have a listen by clicking here 

Reception Class Assembly

Pictures are now online from last weeks’ assembly by PPR.

Art Exhibition

art exhibition

Summer Fair

A new venture this year is the Video Gaming Zone, for which you can book places for your children in advance:   You can book places on the website.   The password is QHS.

Please join us in making the fair the success it usually is, and respond to offer your help in any way!

qhs summer fair

P6M Assembly

Mrs Mitchell’s class helped with her Francophile assembly last week.  Among several other interesting facts, we were told that 10,000,000,000 (ten billion) baguettes are consumed every year in France – that’s a lot of bread!  Here are P6M singing their song “Je suis le Pizza”.p6m assembly

Pre Sports Day - Friday 14 June

As mentioned by Mr Ford above, here are all the details for Sports Day for P3 to P8:

This will involve all the children from P3 to P8, and is being held, as last year, at the Athletics track at Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood.

ALL children in these year groups are expected to attend, and we very much hope that their parents will stay for the day too, to support the boys and girls in a wide range of athletics events.

We ask that children arrive from 9:00am at the Athletics track, which will be signed within the grounds of MTS (postcode HA6 2HT).

Those children who normally arrive at school by minibus, and whose parents are therefore not spending the day with us, will be taken to the field with staff to spend the day there, and return for the normal afternoon minibus run from QHS.  For these children, please get in touch with a friendly parent who will be there for the day, so the children have a ‘base’ for the day, where they can keep their lunch, water bottle etc.

Children will need to wear their PE kit, and bring appropriate wear for the weather, possibly including sun-cream, and certainly including a hat.  The sports events will start at 9:30am, and after a break for children to lunch with their parents, will end at around 3:45pm.  The minibus passengers will then be brought back to school ready for the 5:00pm departure.

If the weather is thought to be so bad that we have to cancel the day’s activities, we will endeavour to post this on the website and by text/email in good time on Friday morning.  In this case, children should be brought to school for a normal day at school!

A map of the location will be sent home in an email separately from this Herald.

Coming up very soon

This Week:
Monday 10 June: Parent Forum Meeting
Tuesday 11 June: 8:00 am – School Council Meeting
5:30 pm – Prep 5 parents’ evening
Thursday 13 June: Flag Day – see the message from Mrs. Sweeney above, and please bring a gift for the fair.
7:00 pm – Prep 6 and Prep 8 Leavers’ Dinner (in school)

Speech Days 2019

The invitations for our two Speech Days will be sent home this week, with all the details of timings for the last two days of the term – These Prize-giving ceremonies are on 4th July for Pre-Prep classes and on 5th July for Prep classes.

Mike Still 
Assistant Head (Administration)
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